The SLT reports on a new health study to measure the impacts of cold war uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation:
Just as crews complete the cleanup of the Skyline Mine, a group of health scientists is preparing to launch a sweeping study of how the uranium legacy continues to affect the health of the youngest Navajos.
Toxicologist Johnnye Lewis said no other health study of its kind has taken place on the Navajo Reservation.
“It probably would have been nice to do this 10 years ago,” the University of New Mexico researcher said.
But it was only in 2008 that Congress held a hearing about the lingering problems of uranium on the reservation and adopted plans to deal with them.